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M/V Aida Cruise Liner

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Cruise liner M/v Aida



Revell 1:400

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AIDAluna is the third ship, out of a series of six ships, ordered by AIDA Cruises at Meyer Werft, with expected delivery of one ship each year from 2008 to 2012. She is a sister ship of AIDAdiva, AIDAbella, AIDAblu, and AIDAsol. The first order was only for two ships, but the option extended to six ships. She floated out of dry-dock on 10 February 2009. AIDAluna started her sea trials with her passage on the River Ems on 21 February 2009, departing Papenburg. The voyage culminated in Emdem the next day. On 23 February, departing Emdem to continue sea trials, she ventured to Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, for her final inspection. During the inspection, an object was seen, being tangled on AIDAluna's propellers, which was supposedly caused by the ship's short trip. After a few days, AIDAluna was cleared and continued her sea trials in the North Sea. AIDAluna was delivered to its owners on 16 March 2009. She was christened on April 4, 2009 at Palma de Mallorca by the German supermodel, Franziska Knuppe

The ship has 1,025 staterooms; 666 of which are outside and 65% have balconies; 359 interior staterooms. AIDAluna has a 2,300-m2 (25,000-ft2) spa facility. The ship has 7 restaurants, 1 of which is multi-cultural and 11 bars. A LED screen can be found on the sun deck.

The focal point in the ship is the Theatrium, a three-level complex, which could be transformed into a Theater. An onboard 4-D Cinema is fitted with moving chairs.

AIDAluna started her maiden voyage on 22 March 2009, departing Hamburg. This 14-day voyage culminated in Palma de Mallorca, with stops at Le Havre, Santander, La Coruna, Lisbon, Cadiz, Tangier, Valencia, and Barcelona. In Summer 2009, she was deployed in Baltic Sea and in Winter, she was redeployed in Canary Islands. AIDAluna made her first call in Kiel on 22 April and in Rostock-Warnemünde in 8 May, departing from Palma de Mallorca. She made 10 roundtrip cruises in the Baltic during the 2009 Summer season. In 2011, AIDAluna was redeployed in the Caribbean and offered 14-day cruises, with additional 6 to 8-day sailings. On her way to the Caribbean, AIDAluna sailed the East Coast, calling in New York.

The Model

Following on from their 1:1200 scale kit, Revell have now released the Aida in this much larger scale. The kit comes in a very large open top box with a picture of the ship at sea. On opening the box you find the hull halves sitting on a cardboard shelf under which the rest of the sprues are housed. Unusually, large parts of the superstructure comprise of most of the parts from the four clear sprues. The rest of the kit comes on 10 sprues of very white plastic.

Building starts with fitting the two hull halves together which looks like it will be stress free, as, even though they are long and quite narrow there was no sign of warpage. There are two internal bulkheads to add extra strength. Once the lower hull is complete the propshafts, props, rudders, bow and stern thrusters are fitted.

Before fitting the main deck the two retractable stabilisers are added then the main deck railings, but I’d probably leave this till later in the build. The instructions would also have you build all the lifeboats at this point.

With the addition of the foredeck, forward and aft bulkheads, the large side parts are fitted followed by the internal structure for the central atrium. The bridge and stern assemblies are fitted which will give the whole hull greatly needed stability and strength. Normally this is pretty much where a ship build would be nearing completion, but with this kit there are another 36 steps in which the multitude of minor decks, sidewalls, bulkheads and railings are fitted. With the majority of these parts being clear I can imagine it will make for a very interesting painting session with most requiring a steady hand and a paint brush or a very complex and careful masking if an airbrush is being used. Alternatively prepaint as much as possible before adding the windows etc.

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Decals

The very large decal sheet is, as per the real ships paintwork, very, very colourful, yet well printed and in register. Decal setting and softening solutions will probably be needed on some of the large decals to settle them down on the curving hull.

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Conclusion

Revell have done a very nice job with this ship, which will build into a large and colourful model suitable for a maritime collection. Due to the number of clear parts, care will need to be taken when gluing them together. This is probably not a model for beginners, but certainly good for intermediate/expert modellers. Recommended.

Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit

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Am I right in that it is over 2 feet long?

That's going to be one spectacular model when built

Thanks for the review, is there going to be a WIP?

Cheers

Adam

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Yes Adam, as you can see on the box pic it's 635mm long. I will do a WIP when I get round to building it, although it's quite a way down the to do list.

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Yes Adam, as you can see on the box pic it's 635mm long. I will do a WIP when I get round to building it, although it's quite a way down the to do list.

Does that mean you have put her to one side for the moment then?

Soory folks

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I haven't, just too many other things got in the way. It's still languishing in the stash.

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Some images of that P.E. set here

Mike

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